President Obama vetoes the ban on sales of some Apple products

President Obama vetoes the ban on sales of some Apple products
For the first time since 1987, a President has vetoed a product ban that was ordered by the US International Trade Commission (ITC). The ITC had ordered the ban on the sale of some Apple iPhones and iPads in the US this past June.

The decision affected the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 3G, iPad 2 3G, and iPad 3 which were specific to models sold by AT&T. The iPhone 4 and iPad 2 3G are the only models currently sold by Apple.

Since that ban was announced, and was set to take effect on August 5th, Apple and other interested parties, whether affected by the ban or not, have been lobbying to avert the action. Even Verizon, who it could be argued would benefit from hindering AT&T sales to a small degree, asked that President Obama veto the ban, citing that ITC litigation is too high-stakes a game for such disputes.

The ban stemmed from Samsung winning the argument that Apple had infringed on its patents. From the beginning though, the ban raised a number of concerns by trade experts, lawyers and technology companies alike. The ITC is often used as an avenue for patent arguments because it is seen as an easier body to sway and impose an import ban than through traditional courts.

source: The Wall Street Journal

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121 Comments

1. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I smell a conspiracy here. How bout stop giving apple bogus patents n stop suing Android n banning Android?

23. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

OR, he's also sick of this patent bulls**t (see his plan on patent trolls, and yes he called them trolls) and is hoping that this veto will be the tipping point to stop all of this nonsense.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31626; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

+1. I think the prez has had it, and wants the kiddy stuff to stop.

33. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

As much as I'm not a fan of apple I have always been against bans of any product (unless clearly it's a danger to us) and so am glad this ban didn't go through and now I hope company's including apple are blocked in the future from trying to get any bans.. When the g nexus was banned even though it didn't effect me it vexed me especially when some of the patents these companies use shouldn't have been given at all.. Looks like things are looking up with patents being dismissed as well as bans not being allowed

40. darkkjedii

Posts: 31626; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yep I hope they create laws that allow no bans, just licensing agreements.

53. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

That's what I've been saying all along. Patents were meant to compensate the inventor, not set the mobile playing field. In my opinion, the only time a prioduct should be banned is if the infringing party is clearly in the wrong and refuses to compensate the inventor. Think of it as the death penalty for the patent system. And again, streamline the patent system in respect to compensation. Have a few tiers, with the most important patents garnering the highest amount, and frivolous patents, like shapes and things like end of page stops, getting the least. It would eliminate all this negotiations BS that NONE of these companies can seem to agree on. If they can't act civil then take the decision out of their hands. If it works for parents and their children, it should work here as well.

71. darkkjedii

Posts: 31626; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Wow VZWuser, that's some post man. I agree with every word dude +1 man

74. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

There is no incentive on the part of the large companies that inevitably infringe patents to streamline the system. Until their feet are held to the fire (4+ years to go through trial and appeal), they have a free license to infringe the patent(s).

148. hamoon

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 05, 2012

Maybe they create laws that allow no bans, but only for American companies. It's obvious that it has nothing to do with laws, and it’s pure favoritism.

193. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 593; Member since: May 26, 2011

Finally, somebody in here that's making some sense. All this patent lawsuits need to stop.

51. tedkord

Posts: 17479; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He couldn't have "had it" when Apple got the ITC to ban HTC phones? This is favorites, period. But I called it.

73. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

It is totally about favorites. Barry wants Apple to bring more jobs onshore. This is payoff for bringing Mac Pro production to the U.S. If it was about getting patent wars under control, Barry would have vetoed Apples sales ban against HTC. Notice how he only gets involved when it is a U.S. company getting stuck with a ban. When it is one U.S. company vs. another, it is hands off. Same for U.S. company vs. non-U.S. company. Nothing like hypocrisy.

86. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

i think your president is just bought out. and wants to support his country product. since apple is the only tech company of america that is doing well. he didnt say anything when samsung was slapped 1 billion dollars fine. nor he will in next few months when samsung will lose again. America was built on fixings and is and will be running though fixed government. democracy doesnt mean anything in america.

103. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I don't think APPLE is going too STOP unless they put a end too ANDROID. god forgid that won't happened. Apple is always trolling when it comes too patents/LAW SUITS. Remember how they BAN HTC ONE last year no one didn't get their HTC PHONE.

67. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Yes, rotten apple gets help from the rotten US gov...

138. quadrazeus

Posts: 359; Member since: May 03, 2013

Yeah, Apple haters are allowed to cry today..

146. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Actually Apple is lobbing for a ban of all Samsung Android Phone and i wonder what the US President would do then. Remember the World is watching...

149. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Applebama.

156. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

What you actually smell is the biggest sh€€₱ of them all! Did you really think that DaddyBàmma would take away his babies' iPhones or his babies' Mamma iPhone?? What it boils down to is plain and simple, it's not in HIS best interest - forget all the international trades laws that Apple violated or the intellectual property patents that were declared in violation thereof by the ITC. This only further proves that we have a president (and, I'm not capitalizing the title on purpose) whose method of executing the office of the Presidency is through personal subjectivity and iGnorance. Someone needs to iMpeach that big elephant-eared Will Smith wannabe and restore America to her glory, so that we may, once again, be they envy of the world and not the joke we've become in the 21st century. I can't wait for 2016, at least I'll have solice in knowing that he's out!! In the end, sales ban or no sales ban, Apple will ultimately be their own undoing with those pathetic excuses for smartphones! Once the iPhone 5C or 5S (or whatever it's called) gets released with that tiny screen and those limited features, Apple will join it's rightful place in a sewerage bin and there won't be a need for ANY kind of a ban.

182. rightcue805

Posts: 55; Member since: Jul 08, 2013

holy Crap are you kidding me? you sound like the biggest dip SH*t you know that right? THIS COUNTRY HAS BEEN F*cked WAY BEFORE "DADDYBamma" as you called him got in to office. people like you make me sick

185. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

Oh go collect your welfare or whatever other subsidy keeps you afloat. Instead of vetoing this legitimate product ban, why doesn't your DaddyBama veto bills that earmark billions of American TAX dollars in unnecessary government spending or why doesn't he veto the many bills that cross his desk granting billions in aid to foreign governments to build THEIR infrastructure and THEIR economies!!??

188. rightcue805

Posts: 55; Member since: Jul 08, 2013

why dont you ask him! I work for a LIVING! i work 40+ hours a week !

2. lolrus

Posts: 29; Member since: May 18, 2013

Wow. Did not see that coming.

191. cheetah2k

Posts: 2300; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

We all know who runs the US Government now.... and it aint Obama!

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31626; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This is one of the reasons he's a great president, and got my vote. Well done prez, our economy doesn't need these hits. Don't ban Samsung either when apple cries foul.

5. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Not that many people are even buying these products anymore...

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31626; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

All the more reason not to ban em

104. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

because the products looks the same.

38. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

The keyword is import , now how does import of products from another country really help our economy when apple doesn't even store the profit in banks in this country . Also if the same kind of ban is implemented bc of an apple patent on any smart phone then they better receive the same kind of treatment. Btw I like Obama

87. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

That's a very key component of all this and it looks like you're the only that even looked at it. +1 Hopefully, more people look past their partisan arguments and take note of your post.

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